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The Prayer of St. Michael Came to be Written
It is impossible to understand why the prayer to St.
Michael came to be omitted after all Low Masses on Sunday, especially
now when we need the protection of this angelic warrior more than at
an other time in history. We wish the Church authorities would reinstate
the great prayer to St. Michael, and perhaps that would happen if we
respectfully petitioned of bishops. In the meantime, we can all say
the prayer privately in our homes, chapels and churches. We need this
prince of the heavenly host in the present struggle.
XIII, realizing by Divine enlightenment the present and future struggles
of the Church against the powers of hell, felt convinced that through
the intervention of St. Michael, hell would be conquered, and the Church
restored to peace and liberty. He therefore composed a prayer in honor
of the warrior archangel, and ordered it to be recited daily after Los
Mass in all the churches throughout the Christian world.
how this prayer came to be written: It is said that one day having celebrated
the Holy Sacrifice, the aged Pontiff Leo XIII was in conference with
the Cardinals. Suddenly he sank to the floor in a deep swoon. Physicians
who hastened to his side feared that he had already expired, for they
could find no trace of his pulse. However, after a short interval the
Holy Father rallied, and opening his eyes exclaimed with great emotion:
"Oh what a horrible picture I was permitted to see!" He had
been shown in spirit the tremendous activities of the evil spirits and
their ravings against the Church. But in the midst of this vision of
horror he had also beheld consoling visions of the glorious Archangel
Michael, who had appeared and cast Satan and his legions back into the
abyss of hell. Soon afterward he composed the well-known prayer.
that the gates of hell shall never prevail against the Church, for Our
Lord has promised to be with her till the end of time, but we must do
our part in defending her cause. God might cast the angels down to hell
by a single act of His will, but He chose rather to send against them
His armies of loyal spirits, under the leadership of the great St. Michael.
So too, in the present critical times, He could confound the enemies
of the Church by merely willing to do so. But He wills, rather, that
we should cooperate in her defense, under the leadership of the great
captain of the heavenly hosts.
(St. Peter's Square, Sunday, April 24 1994):
prayer strengthen us for the spiritual battle we are told about in the
Letter to the Ephesians: "Draw strength from the Lord and from
His mighty power" (Ephesians 6:10). The Book of Revelation refers
to this same battle, recalling before our eyes the image of St. Michael
the Archangel (Revelation 12:7). Pope Leo XIII certainly had a very
vivid recollection of this scene when, at the end of the last century,
he introduced a special prayer to St. Michael throughout the Church.
Although this prayer is no longer recited at the end of Mass, I ask
everyone not to forget it and to recite it to obtain help in the battle
against forces of darkness and against the spirit of this world."
Michael in Scripture
"but the prince of the kingdom of Persia stood in my way for twenty-one
days, until finally Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help
me. I left him there with the prince of the kings of Persia, and came
to make you understand what shall happen to your people in the days
to come; for there is yet a vision concerning those days." (Gabriel
speaking to Daniel when he asks permission for the Jews to return to
"At that time there shall arise Michael, the great prince, guardian
of your people; It shall be a time unsurpassed in distress since nations
began until that time. At that time your people shall escape, everyone
who is found written in the book." (Regarding the end of the world
and the Antichrist)
The angels too, who did not keep to their own domain but deserted their
proper dwelling, he has kept in eternal chains, in gloom, for the judgment
of the great day. Likewise, Sodom, Gomorrah, and the surrounding towns,
which, in the same manner as they, indulged in sexual promiscuity and
practiced unnatural vice, 6 serve as an example by undergoing a punishment
of eternal fire. Similarly, these dreamers 7 nevertheless also defile
the flesh, scorn lordship, and revile glorious beings. Yet the archangel
Michael, when he argued with the devil in a dispute over the body of
Moses, did not venture to pronounce a reviling judgment 8 upon him but
said, "May the Lord rebuke you!" But these people revile what
they do not understand and are destroyed by what they know by nature
like irrational animals.
A great sign appeared in the sky, a woman clothed with the sun, with
the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars. She
was with child and wailed aloud in pain as she labored to give birth.
Then another sign appeared in the sky; it was a huge red dragon, with
seven heads and ten horns, and on its heads were seven diadems. Its
tail swept away a third of the stars in the sky and hurled them down
to the earth. Then the dragon stood before the woman about to give birth,
to devour her child when she gave birth. She gave birth to a son, a
male child, destined to rule all the nations with an iron rod. Her child
was caught up to God and his throne. The woman herself fled into the
desert where she had a place prepared by God, that there she might be
taken care of for twelve hundred and sixty days.
Then war broke out in heaven; Michael and his angels battled against
the dragon. The dragon and its angels fought back, but they did not
prevail and there was no longer any place for them in heaven. The huge
dragon, the ancient serpent, who is called the Devil and Satan, who
deceived the whole world, was thrown down to earth, and its angels were
thrown down with it. Then I heard a loud voice in heaven say: "Now
have salvation and power come, and the kingdom of our God and the authority
of his Anointed. For the accuser of our brothers is cast out, who accuses
them before our God day and night. They conquered him by the blood of
the Lamb and by the word of their testimony; love for life did not deter
them from death.
Therefore, rejoice, you heavens, and you who dwell in them. But woe
to you, earth and sea, for the Devil has come down to you in great fury,
for he knows he has but a short time." When the dragon saw that
it had been thrown down to the earth, it pursued the woman who had given
birth to the male child. But the woman was given the two wings of the
great eagle, so that she could fly to her place in the desert, where,
far from the serpent, she was taken care of for a year, two years, and
The serpent, however, spewed a torrent of water out of his mouth after
the woman to sweep her away with the current. But the earth helped the
woman and opened its mouth and swallowed the flood that the dragon spewed
out of its mouth. Then the dragon became angry with the woman and went
off to wage war against the rest of her offspring, those who keep God's
commandments and bear witness to Jesus.
(Also see Gen 3:24, Numbers 22:22 and IV KINGS, 19:35)